Imagine Childrens Festival
Imagine Childrens Festival


Monday 10th February - Sunday 23rd February 2014


Southbank Centre

The Imagine Childrens Festival is taking place at the Southbank Centre once again in 2014, inviting children and adults alike to enjoy literature, music, poetry, plays, comedy and much, much more.

Let your imagination fly
A celebration of children’s literature and performing arts culture, the Imagine Childrens Festival brings together a collection of acclaimed authors and artists in one of the best-loved events of its kind. Children and adults can enjoy everything from a special performance of Captain Flynn and the Pirate Dinosaurs to appearances from Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson and Sir Quentin Blake, plus orchestral music and live drawing.

2014 festival
Billed as one of the biggest Imagine yet, the 2014 Imagine Childrens Festival features over 60 ticketed and free events, so you can expect to find something to suit even the most discerning of young tastes at the Southbank Centre over the fortnight. With storytelling, promanade theatre for children and many workshops and talks all on the programme, there is something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what their age.

Special guests
A selection of guests are making special appearances at Imagine, treating audiences to live readings and exclusive sessions. Special guests include Francesca Simon and Patrick Ness and many more, including Jacqueline Wilson, creator of The Illustrated Mum and and the much loved Tracy Beaker series.

For all ages
Highlights of the Imagine Childrens Festival include a the very special chance for 100 children to spend the night on the Royal Festival Hall stage for a sleepover as well as trying out various musical workshops such as the Have a Go event that gives kids the chance to try out various musical instruments. Meanwhile, babies from six months to two years can experience a multi-sensory show revolving around tubes and older kids can take part in interactive theatre or even challenge a panel of politicians about children's rights, while all ages can join Timberlina and Hey Baylen for bingo rounds and dancing at the free Big Bingo Show.

Exclusive events
Other events at the festival include the chance for parents to share their children's stories at the Vintage Reading Library in celebration of the various anniversaries of these well loved classics, including the 25th anniversary of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and the birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The festival also sees a return of the ever popular comedy and music show by James Campbell, as well as a show packed full of interactive activities for all the family to enjoy at the Starting Line Show.

The Imagine Childrens Literature Festival takes place at the Southbank Centre from Monday 10th February - Sunday 23rd February 2014. Tickets prices for each event vary, and some events are free. For further information and to purchase tickets call 0844 875 0073.
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